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Strategy for Managing Invasive Species in Africa 2021–2030

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Type of Publication:
Guidelines & Learning resources
Focus Region:
Middle East & North Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa
Focus Topic:
Land / Water / Resource Management
Type of Risk:
Biological & environmental
International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe); CAB International (CABI); International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and African Union (AU)


Invasive species pose a huge global threat, both in terms of biodiversity and the cost to economic activities such as agriculture, trade, tourism and development. Invasive species disproportionately affect communities in poor rural areas; people who depend on natural resources and healthy ecosystems to make a living. For example, invasive insect pests and diseases can significantly affect agricultural productivity and production. An invasive weed can take over agricultural land and outcompete food and feed crops for limited resources. Invasive species can also harm the health of people in infected areas. This can be both direct (allergies, interaction with disease vectors) and indirect (reduced agricultural productivity).

The impacts of invasive species on biodiversity are well established except in Africa. Some of the impacts include decreased abundance and diversity of native species in invaded sites resulting in changes in communities.

The overall objective of the strategy is to effectively guide and coordinate actions at the continental, regional and national levels towards prevention and eradication of invasive species in Africa.